Uganda is known to many as ‘The Pearl of Africa’ for it’s magnificence, variety of form and colour, and profusion of brilliant life. Winston Churchill’s words in 1908 still ring true today, and we here at Shanti are privileged to experience Uganda at its best every day. To give you idea of what you can expect visiting Uganda on a Shanti retreat, we list the top 5 reasons to visit Uganda.
Ugandan people are notoriously friendly and hospitable. Chatting and getting to know not only your drivers and guides, but also locals is encouraged while visiting Uganda. People will engage you in conversation, and are more than happy to teach you about their country and culture. Our advice? Relax, have fun, and make some new friends!
Get Off the Beaten Path
Travel and tourism is all the rage, which means that more people than ever are exploring mother earth. While we at Shanti are all for exploration and growth, this also means that many travel destinations are becoming busier and more developed. One of the best things about Uganda is that much of the countries magnificence is untouched and uncrowded. Traveling in Uganda is an adventure, and is a rewarding getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Jinja: Uganda’s Adventure Capital
Speaking of adventure: have you heard the news about Jinja? Jinja is Uganda’s adventure capital and the place to get your adrenaline fix if you’re a junkie. We recommend starting your day with a morning bungie jump, and closing the day out with some white water rafting down the Nile’s class 5 rapids. If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, you can also go calm or white water tubing or visit Jinja’s diverse craft market. Whatever your tastes the Jinja, and the Source of the Nile, are not to be missed!
Amazing Landscapes and Animals
Uganda is a wonderful country with majestic landscapes and awe-inspiring animals; it’s a natural wonderland and that is one of the countries biggest draws. While in Uganda on a Shanti training retreat, participants visit the Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary and the Ugandan Wildlife Education Center. While these sights are amazing, Uganda has much more to offer. The Ugandan is extremely diverse, dotted with mountains, craters, villages, and lakes, and it is home to some of Africa’s biggest animals. One of the only places in the world where you can go on a safari, and see the famous endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Whatever your preference is, if you’re a nature buff then Uganda’s brilliance is not to be missed.
Learn a Lot at a Shanti Retreat or Internship
Here at Shanti there is always a way to get involved, whether it be by advocating and donating, by interning or volunteering with us, or by attending a training retreat right here in Uganda. We hold two 10 day training retreats a year – a certified doula training and a prenatal yoga teacher training – and have numerous 4 month internship positions available. Midwives or student midwives can also volunteer here in Uganda for between 2 to 6 weeks. Whatever your forte, please keep an eye on your favorite Shanti Uganda channel for more information.
Whatever you are most excited for about Uganda, we hope you love this country as much as we do.
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